OSKALOOSA — Jesse Leland “Pete” Greenhalgh, age 93, of Oskaloosa, passed away Thursday morning, Dec. 19, 2013, at the Mahaska Health Partnership in Oskaloosa.
Jesse was born July 14, 1920, in Tipperary, Lucas County, to Frank Henry and Louella Hendrix Greenhalgh. He graduated from Oskaloosa High School in 1938. He married Thelma Ailene Boles June 1, 1942, in Kirksville, Mo. Early in life, he worked for the Rock Island Railroad. Later, he worked for Zimmerman Steel in Bettendorf before entering the U.S. Army during World War II. He entered the army Sept. 18, 1942, and participated in the Battle of the Bulge in Northern Europe. He received the American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, European/African/Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with three Bronze Stars, one Service Stripe and two Overseas Bars. He was a Tech/Sergeant when he received his discharge Dec. 15, 1945. He was a member of the American Legion for many years.
Jesse was employed with Clow Company from 1955 to July 1967, at which time he and his wife, Thelma, and son, Robert, moved to Davenport, where he was employed by Kartridg Pak, as a machinist from July 1967 until his retirement in September 1985. He and his wife moved back to Oskaloosa October 1994. Jesse enjoyed fishing, playing cards and Sudoku puzzles.
Jesse’s family includes his wife of over 71 years, Thelma, of Oskaloosa; his daughters: Janet Behrens, of Knoxville, and Phyllis Elaine (Leslie) Guthrie, of Thornton, Colo.; and son, Robert (Mary Walker) Greenhalgh, of Tempe, Ariz.; and five grandchildren: Kurt (Nicole) Behrens, of Westside; Lisa (Wesley) Kennedy, of Black Hawk, Colo.; Kristin (Mike) Holdeman, of Reasoner; Kimberly Guthrie, of Thornton, Colo.; and Jennifer (Andrew Simpson) Greenhalgh, of Oxnard, Calif. He is also survived by 13 great-grandchildren, a great-great-granddaughter, many nieces and nephews; and other relatives.
In addition to his parents, Jesse was preceded in death by a son, Larry Allan; a son-in-law, Virgil Behrens; a brother, William B. Greenhalgh; sisters: Maxine Swick, Vione “Happy” Dunsmoor, and Regina Cubit and an infant brother and sister.